An open letter to MP James Moore:
I am writing to express my utter dismay at the lack of public discussion over the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA).
The old problem is that the Canadian mentality is still encumbered by colonialism: first Britain, then the USA, next China. The other problem pertains to the nature of Harper's rule. If we look to Karl Popper writing on Plato, Canadians should be asking themselves the question: "What if it is the will of the people that they should not rule, but a tyrant instead?"
But Canadians are not fond of asking difficult questions. That includes cabinet, Conservatives and many parliamentarians.
Parliament is broken because there is no leadership respect for it as an institution in the light of prorogations and multiple omnibus bills and the dismantling of party subsidies. There is no longer any responsibility at the national level; we have a mania for free trade where accountability and vital matters are withheld from the public. With FIPA the Government of Harper betrays our sovereignty and our national interests as Canadians genuflect towards China, with little reciprocity and openness.
Parliament amounts now to a cult of irresponsibility, and you, Mr. Moore, have contributed to this crisis, as you, yourself, have had a heavy hand in hacking away at our treasured institutions.
As Minister of Heritage you have also tried to reconstruct Canadian values and "dignity" on the paradigm of one war - that of 1812, 200 years on. But time moves on, Mr. Moore.
Generations from now, historians will wonder what happened to Canada, and they will compare this period with the Napoleonic era (which includes that other war of 1812), where the friends of liberty were suppressed by "leadership" - and by a public that just did not take the time to care. Congratulations, Mr. Moore, you now belong to a government of non-citizens. It also sounds a bit like China, to me. Well done!
Joerge Dyrkton Anmore